How to Easily Add Variety to Your Diet
By Genevieve Cunningham
You’ve probably heard that you need to have variety in your diet. The more options that you have, the more likely your diet will be healthy. But if you’re like most people, it probably seems difficult to add a touch of variety to your normal menu. We get so used to our normal foods … we are unsure about what to add to the grocery list. Luckily, adding a little change is a lot easier than most people realize. Take a look at these easy tips for adding variety and keeping your diet interesting.
Look for Color
A really easy way to add variety is to look for color. Is your menu only beige? Or only green? Add some reds and oranges and purples! The more colorful your menu, the healthier it probably is as well. Choose a certain color, and try adding multiple foods that fall within that hue. Once you’re finished with one color, pick another and get creative. This is a simple, but super fun, way to add some variety without too much thought.
Focus on a Food Group
Instead of adding multiple foods in multiple food groups (lots of new veggies and lots of new meats), just focus on one group at a time. If you want to add some meat variety, focus on that and only that. You can stick to your favorite side dishes until you’ve mastered the new main courses. And once you’re ready to move on to a new food group, do it with ease. Focusing on one aspect of your diet can really take the trouble out of finding ways to spice it up.
Add One Meal at a Time
If you can’t handle adding by food groups, you can also try adding one new meal or recipe to the menu every week. Maybe you usually cook spaghetti on Wednesday nights … this week try a recipe you’ve never tried before! And every week, try a new one that looks interesting. Keep the ones you like, discard the ones you don’t, and you’ll be adding at least four new meals every month.
Variety is the spice of life, right? In the kitchen, it certainly is! Use these tips to add something new and exciting to the menu. You’ll broaden your diet, expand your tastebuds, and boost your health all in one (fun!) fell swoop.
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